-Half yard Bundle (14 pieces). We used Arizona by April Rhodes.
1. Iron fabric and cut 2 1/2″ x 44″ strips from each piece of fabric. You should get 7 strips per piece. Then separate your strips by darks and lights or patterns and solids, like we did.
2. First you will make 2 pieces. One will have 2 prints with 1 solid in the center. The other will have 2 solids with 1 print in the center. Sew using a 1/4″ seam. Note: 6 strips will make one whole block with some fabric left over.
3. Press both of these, pin together and sew 1/4″ to make a long tube.
4. Line up a straight line on your ruler with your seam line. You will cut at a 45 degree angle. The first piece you cut from your tube will be a scrap piece.
5. Then flip your ruler to the other side of the tube and line up along the seam line again for your next cut. Note: You can also cut your first piece to use as a template to make your other cuts, as shown.
6. After you cut your pieces, open and press. Then take 4 squares and lay them out to your liking. The way you arrange the squares can change the look of the block.
7. Placing the right squares over the left, sew vertically. Then sew the two pieces together to make your block. Pinning your pieces together is very important!!! It is easy to get off on alignment.
8. After you have made your 15 blocks, arrange them in 5 rows with 3 blocks in each row.
9. Take your first row and sew sashing between the three blocks. Do this for each row.
10. Connect your 5 rows with sashing. It is important to measure the length of your rows to determine the length of the sashing. You don’t want to cut your pieces too short!
11. Sew sashing around the quilt to make a border. If you wish to make the quilt larger, like we did, add more sashing. For our second border, we used 3 1/4″ sashing for the top and bottom of the quilt and 5 1/4″ sashing for the sides. (No matter what size you want your borders to be, always add 1/4″ for a seam allowance.)
Voila! Now you have a beautiful Kalin Double Cross Quilt top! Happy Quilting!